After a divorce and with his grown children on their own, Atlanta realtor Skipper began to frequent karaoke bars where he, of course, sang Rolling Stones tunes. Impressed by not only his vocals but his uncanny resemblance to Mick Jagger, a local guitarist encouraged Skipper to form his own band.
Invention still pulls modern life forward into the fast-arriving future. But invention has existed long enough to be joined by reinvention.
So many things had me start a business after turning fifty. I must have had something powerful hit me to work as hard as I did and want more. I am a college counselor and had an interest in everything college admissions, but it was more than that. I wanted to prove something to myself and the timing was right.
Over a century ago, a Parisian lawyer named Paul Gauguin chucked everything in the name of freedom and moved to Tahiti to become an artist. I don't know if Arnie Cogan is also an artist (he does list himself as a photographer...) but he is definitely a Boomer whose reinvention expresses the same quest for freedom.
Suppose you meant to make a change in your life. Perhaps you wanted to lose weight, or write a book. Perhaps you meant to develop a better exercise routine or finish a degree.
Savvy job-seekers know that there are several ways to prepare for the job interview. Applicants must thoroughly research the company, understand the competition, and be knowledgeable as to the current conditions of the industry/field.
Reinventing ourselves is absorbing life's heart essence. It is heart essence which frees our awareness from disappointment, giving real freedom. It is our source of inspiration. The presence within us is giving the true joy which makes life worth living.
Are you ready to stop and get off the hamster wheel of life that's just not reaching the place you think you want to go? Are you really living your dreams? It's ok to want that. You know you can have it with a big wake up call to yourself, a dose of reality, and a passion for self-adventure.
Busy people are focused on their own busy schedules, not the all-encompassing career and life change foremost on a friend or family member's mind. But mentoring does not have to be hand-holding or micro-managing.
Meet five midlifers who completed reinvented themselves.
Skydiving is falling, technically, but it's uplifting nonetheless, and about as close as we humans can come to flying. Seems there are quite a few of us who want to experience feeling free as a bird without actually being outdoors and dealing with the weather.
No longer regarded as ambitious or trendy or current, many women choose to fade into the background of life's stage and slowly watch as their final years dwindle. Others chose a more risky, adventurous and challenging path... that of reinventing themselves.
I, in fact, did have an "aha" moment, but my own life shifted not when I realized what it was I wanted to do as a career, how I could turn what I love (cooking) into what I live on a daily basis (chef and cookbook author).
Moving from one industry to another can be difficult, but the move from a corporation to a non-profit is a cultural shift. When you find the right fit you'll be in the position to help your own career -- and many others in need.
The beginning of the year brings much enthusiasm for new beginnings, new experiences, and new successes. Unfortunately the beginning of a new year also brings on new pressure for a lot of people.
Where is the myth in building greater awareness and greater confidence? What's wrong with dreaming big? There are solutions out there for us, but they do not lie in retreating to timidity, or, worse, intimidation, in the face of change and uncertainty.